Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gund is recalling baby paperboard books with plastic handles designed as baby rattles.

Gund Baby Paperboard Book Recall

March 23, 2010 - Gund recently received three reports from consumers involving paperboard books marketed under the Gund Baby brand. These reports indicated that the styrofoam material used to affix the baby rattle/plastic handle to the binding of the book had become dislodged when chewed or picked at, and could present a choking hazard to infants or young children.

Gund is conducting a voluntary recall of these items in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada. We are asking consumers to return these items.

This voluntary recall involves three miniature paperboard books, each with a plastic handle designed as a baby rattle. Each book is approximately 4.5”H x 7”W (including handle).

UPC 028399591732 set/3 books in vinyl pouch
UPC 028399591749 “Animals” book
UPC 028399591756 “Numbers” book
UPC 028399591763 “Colors” book

Consumers in the U.S. should contact Gund customer service at 1-800-436-3726 to arrange for a return of these items for a replacement item of equal or greater value, which Gund will provide at no charge. Consumers will receive instructions on how to return the items to Gund at no charge.

Consumers in Canada should return these items to the original point of purchase for a full refund.

Please note that no injuries have been reported as a result of this situation. Gund regularly conducts rigorous testing of all of its products before they are sold to consumers, and these recalled items passed all safety standards set forth by the CPSC and Health Canada. Gund is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution on behalf of our consumers.
Click Here to view the Recall Notice

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Ooga Booga 100% Cotton Interlock Knit Fabric Just In

I love it when I can get more Ooga Boogas. The new "Flavors" are both Turquoise.

Lovable Turquoise Ooga Booga and other Monsters in Dark Brown, Lime Green and Light Blue on a White or a Blue background with the words Ooga Booga printed on it in Turquoise, Lime Green and Light Blue. This is a soft, medium weight 100% combed cotton interlock knit.

*The print is the same as the one with the white background ... but the pictures show the colors incorrectly against the blue background.

I will also be getting these two prints in an 80/20 Cotton/Poly Stretch Velour. Can't wait. 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

“Happy Feet” Felt Baby Booties

Here is a FREE Pattern to hand sew a pair of cute felt baby booties.

“Happy Feet” Felt Baby Booties

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cotton / Lycra Blend Ribbing in a Rainbow of Colors.

I have new colors of Ribbing.

It is a cotton/lycra blend and being sold in pre-cut fat eighths (9" X 21").
A normal 1/8 yard would be 4 1/2" long X 42 wide". A fat eighth, like a fat quarter, gives you more usable dimensions to work in.

I carry 3 rib types... a 1 x 1 (fine), 2 x 2 (obvious ribs) and a yellow uneven (a more patterned look). 

Ribbing is used as neckbands, sleevebands, cuffs at the wrists and ankles, and for waistbands (ie. the bottom of sweatshirts). I use it for the ankle cuffs on Baby Bootie Pattern 5.

The small amount of lycra in with the cotton, allows a better recovery of the fabric when it is stretched. It prevents stretched out looking neckbands and allows booties to stay on.

Ribbing is also made with polyester, but I prefer cotton, so I don't carry it.

Check out all my new yummy flavors (colors) HERE.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Study: Breast-feeding would save lives, money

Study: Breast-feeding would save lives, money
AP Medical Writer
April 4, 2010  

The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.

Those startling results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the analysis said the methods and conclusions seem sound.

"The health care system has got to be aware that breast-feeding makes a profound difference," said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics' breast-feeding section.

The findings suggest that there are hundreds of deaths and many more costly illnesses each year from health problems that breast-feeding may help prevent. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia.

Read more here

Friday, April 2, 2010

Government 'must follow Europe's lead and ban BPA'

If Denmark can outlaw danger chemical why can't we, ask experts
By Jerome Taylor
Friday, 2 April 2010
Scientists have rounded on the Government for refusing to take action on a controversial chemical widely used in baby bottles – even though other countries have begun bringing in their own bans.
Denmark has become the first European country to forbid the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in any food containers for young children, amid growing scientific evidence which suggests the chemical could inhibit brain development and lead to serious health issues.

Most mainstream baby bottle manufacturers have already begun producing BPA-free lines, but an investigation by The Independent this week revealed how leading high-street retailers, including Boots and Mothercare, were still selling off older bottles containing the chemical.

(Caption, "BPA is widely used to strengthen plastic in baby bottles - there is growing evidence it may inhibit brain development.")

Read more here

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Neonatal dermatoses: Some are cause for more concern than others

Neonatal dermatoses: Some are cause for more concern than others

Apr 1, 2010
By: Lisa B. Samalonis
Dermatology Times

Wailea, Hawaii — The level of concern for neonatal dermatoses ranges depending on the type of condition, according to Julie V. Schaffer, M.D., director of pediatric dermatology, director of resident education, assistant professor of pediatrics and dermatology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York.

Dr. Schaffer spoke on this topic at the 2010 MauiDerm: Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology in January.

“Common neonatal dermatoses include a variety of conditions, some worthy of more concern while others resolve,” she says.

Here are some conditions and their level of worry:
Read more Here